Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences

Focused on the foundational disciplines of research

DMU's Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences program will prepare you for a rewarding career of investigating questions.

The Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences at DMU aims to train future biomedical scientists and, in conjunction with DMU’s doctoral programs in osteopathic and podiatric medicine, physician/scientists with a broad knowledge of the foundational disciplines for a career in biomedical research, including Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology.

Emphasis is on the integration of these disciplines in answering research questions of broad biomedical impact. A feature of the Ph.D. program is a significant coursework overlap with the doctoral program in medicine, allowing for exposure of Ph.D. students to the clinical applications of the disciplines under study in human health and diseases and generating opportunities for academic communication. Graduate faculty are highly trained and are actively engaged in collaborative research, providing an opportunity for broad and high-quality training of our Ph.D. students. In addition, the curriculum provides guidance and practice to hone teaching skills for graduates.

Candidate Positions

Available projects for students in DMU’s Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences Program (beginning in the fall of 2021):

Elizabeth McConnaha, Des Moines University Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Candidat

My experience at Des Moines University is unique in that the Ph.D. program guides students based on their strengths, interests, and future goals. The faculty, staff, and my fellow peers all have a common interest in facilitating my journey to becoming a successful Ph.D. candidate. Overall, DMU’s Ph.D. program has been an exceptional choice for me.

Elizabeth McConnaha, Ph.D.'25

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